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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 2.11.15

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A look-see around today's internets.

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Was it just me or did the Jayhawks throw a "block" party down in Lubbock last night?

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Jayhawks go big to blow out Tech | KUsports.com

“I think Cliff’s first two passes ... if fans in the 10th row weren’t alert, maybe he coulda hurt somebody,” Self said, smiling. “Nobody’s going to accuse him of being Bill Walton passing the ball out of the post. We didn’t do particularly well the first half as far as taking care of the ball (six turnovers, 14 for game). I do think traps bothered us in the post.”

Memo to Bill Self: With this Kansas Jayhawks roster, it ain't fool's gold when it works | FOX Sports

"No matter what, you can score inside off the bounce, you can score off the pass, you can score it in transition or whatever," the coach continued. "But you've got to be able to score close to the basket. That's the name of the game, in my opinion, is getting easy baskets, and eliminating easy baskets. And we're not doing near a good enough job of doing that inside."

Talent in Kansas? Big 12 football programs found plenty | Tale of the Tait | KUsports.com

Kansas, that's right the Sunflower State you all know and love, ranked third in the 2015 class with 13 athletes signing national letters of intent with Big 12 schools this season. Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and roughly two dozen other schools also signed Kansas kids, most of those from the juco ranks.

Kansas Women Fall Short at West Virginia, 59-56

Kansas' midweek match up was the tale of two halves as the Jayhawks posted their best performance in a single half during Big 12 action, but a rough first half proved to be too much to overcome as Kansas fell, 59-56, at West Virginia Tuesday night inside WVU Coliseum.

Big Jay and Baby Jay Are Playing Cupid!

Still looking for the perfect gift for your sweetheart? This Valentine's Day, the University of Kansas' lovable mascots, Big and Baby Jay, are playing Cupid. You can now surprise your sweetie with a special Valentine's Day delivery from Big or Baby Jay. The delivery includes a dozen red roses, chocolates, a Valentine's card signed by Big and Baby Jay and a 2008 basketball National Championship floor piece engraved with "Happy Valentine's Day."

- College Sports -

Kentucky escapes yet again.

Kentucky Wildcats vs. LSU Tigers - Recap - February 10, 2015 - ESPN

Karl-Anthony Towns redeemed himself after drawing a technical foul for hanging on the basket and the ire of his coach by hitting a go-head jump hook with 1:30 left and grabbing a clutch offensive rebound against LSU in the final minute to help No. 1 Kentucky stay unbeaten, 71-69 on Tuesday night.

Dean Smith's essence lives in all aspects of Tar Heel life, and will always | FOX Sports

For the last 18 years or so since Smith's retirement, he's been nowhere and everywhere around the college game, all, seemingly, at the same time.

Larry Brown: ‘The First Day Was Really Hard’ « The Doug Gottlieb Show – CBS Sports Radio

“(Smith) was kind of Midwestern, a little vanilla – a lot different than Coach McGuire,” Brown said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Coach McGuire would walk into a room with about a thousand people in it, and he’d be the only one you saw. But (Smith) came from an unbelievable background. His dad was a coach, a high school coach, he played for Phog Allen – he just was a real student of the game.

- Professional Sports -

MLB in trademark dispute with finance website over the letter 'W' - CBSSports.com

MLB is currently locked in a trademark dispute with the finance website WalletHub over one of the website's logos, according to Steven Overly of the Washington Post. The logo: a block type letter W.

Kansas City Royals clubhouse spa up for auction seats up to eight - CBSSports.com

Presumably because they're investing in newer/bigger equipment, the Kansas City Royals have put their clubhouse spa from Kauffman Stadium up for auction.

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I pretty much assumed this was every Montana resident's experience during the winter...

The Shining? Couple runs isolated snowed-in Montana hotel for winter

Since October, David and Rebecca Wilson have been isolated from humanity in a vast, frozen outpost of Montana that’s so remote, only a snowplow could rescue them in an emergency and fewer than 10 people have seen them.

- Videos of the Day -

WATCH: Ken Griffey Jr. crushes some baseballs in the Philippines - CBSSports.com

The video is actually from a trip Griffey made to the Philippines a few years ago.

VIDEO: Suns' Markieff Morris dunks all over Josh Smith - CBSSports.com

It's pretty difficult to tell the Morris twins apart, but Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith now has a way to differentiate them. Markieff Morris is the one who ferociously dunked on him.

Virginia Fan Turns Into Furious Dancing Machine, Somehow Loses Dance-Off

There was a dance-off at a Virginia basketball game last week, and it was a travesty. The fan who gave it her all lost to some shuffling guy. Grammys voters just keep sucking.

Remembering Deep Blue's Surprising Chess Triumph Over A World Champion

Nineteen years ago today, IBM's Deep Blue computer made history by defeating reigning world chess champ Garry Kasparov. At that time, Kasparov had been world champion since 1985, a title he held until 2000 (he retired in 2005).